Chinese Traditional Toys for Kids

Traditional toys indicate the handmade toy that is handed down from ancient times. It is also part of children-friendly activities in China. With a long history and huge value, Chinese traditional toys have a close relation with folk custom. Traditional toys are made by the production mode of workshop in each household. It is a local and household workmanship carried on from generation to generation. It mainly employs natural mud, bamboo, stone, cloth, painting, metal, or fur, etc.

The subject of traditional toys is part of the traditional Chinese culture, and it expresses the public believes, folk customs and operas, legends and folk literature, etc. The model and structure of traditional toys is optional and subjective. Feature with primitive cultures and folk arts, Chinese traditional toys reflect the China's traditional aesthetic ideas. It richens the folk games and sports activities of China. People get entertainment and reach the purpose of physical fitness when they play all kinds of games and activities. Jointly participating in various games and competitions make people enhance affective interaction and realize the true meaning of sports.

Chinese toys for kids

The Chinese traditional toys form rich and colorful category and local style during endless history, and it has been accompanied by the growth of human beings. Nowadays, many toys have changed their appearances. However, the profound meaning and the wisdom of ancestor still live forever within Chinese traditional toys.


Kite was originated in China. The earliest kite is made by the Chinese ancient philosophers MoZhai. Original kite is not a kind of toy, but a tool for military or communication. Due to the emergence of the paper in Tang Dynasty, kite was widely spread at that time. Finally, it gradually became people's leisure and entertainment toy.

Chinese kite has more than two thousand years` history. The auspicious patterns and lucky designs can be seen everywhere on the kite. These patterns reflect the yearning and pursuit of people for life, and express the meaning of good luck and happiness. It combines people`s habit of appreciation, reflects the thoughts and feelings of the people, permeates the Chinese national tradition and folk customs. Thus, Chinese kite is widely spread in folk.


Rattle-drum a Chinese traditional musical instrument and toy appeared in the warring states period. The main part of rattle-drum is a little drum. Two pellets are fastened on the both sides of drum. A handle is installed under the drum. The sound is uttering when you roll the sound. The body of drum can be made of wood, bamboo or paperboard. The drumhead is made of sheepskin, cowhide, snakeskin or paperboard. Early rattle-drum was musical instrument rather than toy. Nowadays, it is popular in some areas of Gansu, Yunnan and Sichuan and the vast areas in the north.

Thanks to its function of acoustics and entertainment, rattle-drum is widely spread in China. It can play a changeful to catch people's attention. Besides, its appearance heightens its ornamental value. With a strong recreational characteristic, rattle-drum always brings the flavor of happiness, easiness and grace to people.

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The top is a familiar toy for many youths. Nowadays, this kind of toy has spread all over the world. China is the hometown of top. The stone top was found from the ruins of Neolithic Period in Xia County, Shanxi Province. Thus, the top at least have four thousand to five thousand years` history.

Another interesting toy called bamboo dragonfly was appeared 1700 years ago in the Jin dynasty. This kind of toy was called the Chinese toy by the westerners after it spread into Europe. However, the real top spread more early to the abroad than that.

The top means solid of revolution in English. The original term was officially proposed by a French physicist in the middle of the nineteenth century. The top is a kind of solid of revolution spinning on the ground, while the bamboo dragonfly is a kind of solid of revolution spinning in the sky. So, to some extent, the bamboo dragonfly can actually be a kind of top.


Shuttlecock has a history of more than 2,000 years in China. Since the Han Dynasty, people have been playing shuttlecock kicking. Even now, kicking shuttlecock is still one of the most popular outdoor activities. The reason why the sport has lasted all these years owes to its colorful variation in kicking and the fun in practicing. Shuttlecock can be played by one or a circle of people. Five or six individuals may form a small circle, kicking a shuttlecock. There are also people who like playing alone. Even when you play by yourself, you can often attract other people coming around and watching you play.

Making a shuttlecock is quite simple. You just need to find two or three coins with holes, put several feathers in the hole, and then sew down the feathers to the coin with cloth strips. Of course, there are shuttlecocks sold in stores. The rule of kicking shuttlecock is also simple: keeping the shuttlecock in the air by using any part of your body but your hands. 

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